Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 13th September 2021.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is to bring forward legislative proposals to allow UK citizens living abroad for more than fifteen years the right to vote in UK elections.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

On 5 July, the Government introduced the Elections Bill which includes measures to remove the current 15 year rule and enfranchise all British citizens for UK Parliamentary elections who were previously registered or resident in the UK.

The passage of the Bill can be followed here https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3020.

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